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Tenn. lawmakers still trying to conclude business

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — With Tennessee lawmakers on the verge of adjourning several weeks earlier than usual, the end-of-session wrangling has been as intense as ever.

Budget disagreements between the two chambers led to the first conference committee on the spending plan since the acrimonious debate over the income tax more than a decade ago.

And several contentious measures — from the guns-in-parking-lots bill to a proposal barring teaching about gay issues — could still crop up before the 107th General Assembly concludes its business.

The House met in an 11-minute floor session Sunday evening to make a procedural vote on a proposed constitutional amendment to allow veterans groups to raise money through charitable lotteries.

Lawmakers hope to conclude the legislative session on Monday.